Category Archives: charcutepalooza

Charcutepalooza Wrap-up: Back to Basics

So, coming up with a plan to show off a bit of what I’ve learned this year, I figured I’d go back to the basics. We started this blog a little more than a year ago (just 2 months before Charcutepalooza … Continue reading

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There’s Meat Hanging in the Basement

Yep, there’s meat hanging in the basement. In our house it’s certainly not high tech, and calling it a “curing chamber” suggests a level of complexity and engineering that just isn’t present here. For this month’s Charcutepalooza challenge: curing I made 9 links … Continue reading

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Recent Projects

Busy, busy, busy. Work and home have been full, to say the least. But we do have to eat, so there have been a few food projects to note:

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Pork Pie!

Well, I might be late to the Charcutepalooza party this month, but I come bearing pork pie, and that’s better than showing up empty handed!

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headcheese

I was really excited about making headcheese this month for Charcutepalooza. Having never made it nor had it before, this was totally new territory. Add that to the fact that I kind of like making and eating things that others … Continue reading

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The Great Return of the Hot Dog

The way I see it, there are three kinds of people: 1) People who don’t eat hot dogs anymore. They’re grossed out by byproducts, preservatives, and the meat leftovers that usually end up in commercial dogs (which is understandable, as … Continue reading

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Things We Might Try in the Near Future 6-24-11

The Paupered Chef’s Homemade Ginger Beer for Dark-n-Stormys. We’ve taken their brewing advice before, and are happy to try this one out soon. Anything from Suvir Saran’s great cookbook American Masala. At home in recent weeks my wife has been … Continue reading

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What’s gonna work? Teamwork!

It’s good to have help! I was going to say something snarky like, “Look, making sausage is so easy, my two-and-a-half year old can do it!” But that wouldn’t be entirely true, since he didn’t do any of the cutting, … Continue reading

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Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

I have no roots in the South. I mean, Grandma and Grandpa lived in South (well, Virginia), but they weren’t from the South. They met in New York. And my sister lives in North Carolina now, but she’s a Northerner … Continue reading

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Hot Smoking – the gateway technique

We were very excited when we read about the April Charcutepalooza Challenge. In fact, hot smoking is what got me started in on Charcuterie about 5 years ago. I started out by smoking fresh pork belly, then moved on to … Continue reading

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